Grow Your Marriage
You’re probably spending more time with your spouse now than you ever have before during this COVID-19 pandemic. To help your marriage thrive during this time, we have compiled some great tips, helpful resources and fun ideas.
The time you’re spending together looks different than before. Maybe you’re working from home. You’re navigating the challenge of homeschooling the kids. All those evening and weekend activities and gatherings cancelled, most stores and restaurants closed. The stresses of this season are new to all of us and they can weigh heavily on our marriage relationships.
Use this time to grow your marriage! Below you will find some simple steps and suggestions to help you make the most of the time we are in.
8 Ways Your Marriage Can Thrive During
The COVID-19 Restrictions:
Grieve change and loss: talk about what you and your spouse miss about the way things were and show that you care about the impact this has on your partner. Hearts are connected when time is spent empathizing.
Make a plan: discuss your biggest concerns, plan in some alone time, discuss expectations regarding work and family time, talk about how you can be intentional about building your marriage and growing closer to God.
Balance the load: review household roles and expectations. Don’t split up all the tasks, but rather enjoy doing some things together.
Practice good self-care: physically, emotionally, spiritually.
Grow closer to God: spend time alone with God in honest prayer. Study the bible or do a devotional together. Meet regularly to pray together over your marriage, your family, your home, your finances, and the community and world around you.
Reach out for support: stay in community with others. Reach out to friends, life group members, mentors – everyone needs encouragement, now more than ever.
Grow closer to your spouse: step away from the news and social media and have meaningful conversations. Remember the fun things you used to do when you first started dating. Dream together for the future. Discover new activities to do together, as well as new routines and traditions that you want to introduce in your family. Spend 10 minutes/day getting current on how your spouse is REALLY doing.
Participate in virtual therapy or phone calls with a Christian counsellor if you need help working through serious issues. We have working relationships with a number of trained, licensed, and vetted professionals. If you would like to speak with one of our staff for a referral, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 204-832-4119.
Great Devotional And Prayer Resources
The YouVersion website and bible app offers several free devotional and bible reading plans for you and your spouse. Check them out here.
Prayer is the best way to care for our marriages. Download and print these prayer cards to remind yourself to pray for your marriage daily.
Date Night Ideas While Isolated At Home
Take a trip down memory lane by pulling out old photos or home videos and reminiscing about the earlier days in your relationship/family.
Turn your living room into your own personal theatre.
Get nostalgic and have a game night. Play the board games you loved as a kid or do a puzzle together or as a family.
Challenge your partner to a cook-off. This is a great way to get some friendly competition going and you can even get the kids involved.
Find ways to bond and strengthen the trust in your marriage by doing some of the “team building games for a winning marriage” found here.
Spark new and interesting discussions by asking one of these 100 great heart to heart questions.
Choose an affordable date-night idea from the list compiled by Focus on the Family here.
Rather than postponing your wedding due to COVID-19 restrictions, here is a link to some tips for planning a smaller wedding ceremony.
Check out “Quarantine Quarrels” on youtube for a humorous and insightful look at how our temperaments affect how we get along and interact with one another while in such close quarters during this time.
We have some great marriage resources here on our website as well.